Monday Night Football Betting Odds – Redskins vs. Saints Predictions
Fresh out an early bye week, the Washington Redskins (2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS) will look to upset the New Orleans Saints (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS) on National television. It’s a clash of two very different mindsets when it comes to winning football games. The Saints were a 7-point favorite when the betting line opened at Sportsbetting.ag for this game. Now the home team is a 6-point favorite on Monday Night Football. The game total is at 52.5 points; tied as the highest number in the NFL week 5. It opened at 51 points. Our odds below are from SportsBetting.ag Sportsbook. Deposit today for a 50% Welcome Bonus up to $1,000.
Washington Redskins vs. New Orleans Saints Prediction
Spread: Saints -6
Money line: Washington (+230) vs. New Orleans (-275)
Game Total: 52.5
Date: Monday, October 8th, 2018
Game Time: 8:15 PM ET
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
What’s the latest Redskins betting form to face the Saints?
Washington is a weird team. They can shut down Aaron Rodgers while beating the Green Bay Packers 31-17 in week three, but also lose to the Indianapolis Colts 21-9 the week before. I think they are still trying to figure out what kind of a team they are. What I do know about the Redskins is they will be led by an underrated defense and a good offense. It’s nothing spectacular in any of the two sides, but good enough to win plenty of games. Will that be enough to beat the Saints in New Orleans on Prime Time? That’s the question.
Washington’s defense allows only 278.0 total yards per game (3rd) this season while giving up 14.7 points per game (2nd). It helps they faced Arizona in week one, but those numbers are right on pace to be one of the elite defenses this season. Head coach Jay Gruden has shifted his philosophy to be a more balanced team, putting a lot of their success in the shoulders of the defensive united. However, with Kirk Cousins under center, the Redskins were always a high scoring team. Now, with Alex Smith the offense has been a little more balanced and with a slower pace. The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington’s last 7 games.
Last season, the Redskins visited the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, so they won’t be surprised by the environment. Washington left with a 34-31 loss in 2017 but cover the spread as a 9.5-point underdog. The Redskins are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games as a road underdog and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. There is also the Adrian Peterson factor. ‘All Day’ didn’t leave New Orleans in the best way, and I’m thinking he will seek for payback. He’s been sensational for Washington this season. Peterson is coming off his best game of the season, posting 120 rushing yards and two scores against the Packers two weeks ago.
What’s the latest Saints betting form to face the Redskins?
The Saints loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 1 seems like ages ago. New Orleans has won its last three outings, and the offense looks to be clicking with every week it passes. During their previous two wins they averaged 38.0 points per game while beating the Atlanta Falcons and the NY Giants. Both of those wins were ATS victories as well, covering as a 1.5-point dog in Atlanta and as a field goal favorite in New York. Drew Brees needs 201 yards to break Peyton Manning’s NFL career record. He’s doing Brees stuffs again helping his team to post 313.8 passing yards per game (7th) in the first month of the season. They are averaging 34.3 points per game (3rd), only Kansas City and the LA Rams average more.
The offense will get a boost with the return of RB Mark Ingram. He’s here to help an already multi-talented unit. Without Ingram, RB Alvin Kamara has out insane numbers carrying the offense. Kamara has run for 275 yards and five scores in a month while catching 35 passes for 336 yards and another TD. It’s better to have Ingram available rather than not. But they haven’t skipped a beat without him. At the other side of the ball, however, remains the bigger issue. As most of the Drew Brees career in New Orleans, the defense is once again the question mark.
The Saints D gives up 30.3 points per game (4th worst in the NFL). That’s a problem when the oddsmakers are asking them to cover a large spread. Yes, their offense can put monstrous points, but their defense won’t hold on.The Saints are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. It doesn’t help either that they are 2-9 ATS in their previous 11 games in Week 5.
The play for the MNF game between Redskins and Saints?
The Washington Redskins are the underrated team in the NFC East. Everybody spend their time praising the Eagles, fixing the Cowboys and wondering what’s wrong with the Giants. But no one puts attention to Jay Gruden and his team. Many believe they were doomed to take a step back with the departure of QB Kirk Cousins, but Alex Smith hasn’t let that happen.
Betting New Orleans on such a high point spread scares me a little. Their defense is disorganized, and it has taken a couple of steps back of what they showed last season. While Brees and company might find the end zone on a regular basis, so will Alex Smith and the Redskins offense. Between Adrian Peterson running the football and Alex Smith not turning the ball over Washington can keep this game close. The Saints should win in the end but not by more than four points. That makes taking the points the best bet available for Monday Night Football. Bet the Washington Redskins +6 in the spread at Sportsbetting.ag.